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‘Like Disneyland’ For Homeless Kids

Don Chapman
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May 31, 2006
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Back from a relaxing, stay-at-home vacation. As much as I love to travel, a week of hanging at home, hitting the beach and catching up on some reading is tough to beat ...

Here’s one of the most touching tales I’ve heard in a while. Ms. Ally Choy of the City of Joy Church’s beach ministry in the Nanakuli area organized a ‘round-the-island bus trip for homeless kids and their parents a couple of weekends ago. Most of these kids had never been outside the Leeward side and were thrilled to see Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Pali Lookout and Waimea Bay, and by a stop at Matsumoto’s Shave Ice in Haleiwa. “For these kids it was like Disneyland, they were so happy,” says my source, a church member. Says Ally: “The trip opened the eyes and horizons of these children. They had an awesome experience, and gained a greater appreciation for their ‘aina.” ...

Ally says they’d like to do it again in a few months. But renting a bus is not cheap. If you’d like to contribute to the next trip or in other ways - they always need good used clothing - call Ally at 230-9310 ...

How can you fall in love with a horse after watching him on TV for barely two minutes? Dunno, but I sure fell in love with Barbaro as he won the Kentucky Derby. He didn’t just run away from the other 19 horses in the field, he literally bounded down the home stretch, leaving them in his dust. So big, so strong, so fast, so graceful. Like a lot of other people, when I saw him injure himself in the Preakness, I took it personally. First time I recall praying for a horse - other than praying for certain horses on which I had a bets to win, of course…

In a segment last week about Barbaro, was surprised Bill O’Reilly didn’t question a track operator on The Factor who said race horses tend to break lower-leg bones because the bones are so thin: “That’s just the way God made these animals.” No, that’s the way they’ve been bred, for ultimate speed. Which is why they’re called “thoroughbreds.“You don’t see that kind of injury in, say, Clydesdales ...

Kudos to the Navy for replacing its diesel Arizona Memorial boats with clean-fuel boats ...

Did you catch the news item about a Georgia school superintendent accused of embezzling $600,000, which she used for breast implants and a planned campaign for governor? That’s quite a to-do list, isn’t it: Get new boobs, run for governor ...

Go figgah ...

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